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Over the years, HVAC systems have added new features and technology that have improved performance and energy efficiency. If you’re replacing the HVAC system in your Sarasota, Florida, home, here are three features that are typically incorporated into new systems.

An Energy Efficient Air Conditioner

Most homeowners in the U.S. rate energy efficiency as one of the most important factors they consider when buying a new HVAC system. With the high humidity in Florida, air conditioners are crucial for keeping homes comfortable. However, air conditioners can cause energy costs to soar during the summer. When choosing an air conditioner, the minimum SEER required for Florida is 14. The higher an air conditioner’s SEER rating, the more energy-efficient the unit is.

A Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats are not new, but many homes still have traditional thermostats. One beneficial upgrade you can make to your HVAC system is to install a programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to pre-program temperatures. This means you can lower or raise temperatures at specific times, like at night or when you’re out of the house, to help lower your energy use. Thermostats that connect through Wi-Fi can be operated remotely via your cellphone. This allows you to switch the thermostat off or regulate the temperature of your home from anywhere that is connected to the internet.

New Type of Refrigerant

When repairing your air conditioner, ask your HVAC professional what type of refrigerant it uses. The common refrigerant used in the past was R-22. The R-22 refrigerant is currently being phased out and replaced by R-410A refrigerant. The R-410A refrigerant is more environmentally friendly than R-22, which will no longer be available by 2020. If your air conditioner still uses R-22 after 2020, repairing and refilling refrigerant will become more difficult and expensive.

If it’s time to replace your HVAC system, don’t rush your purchase. At Aqua Plumbing & Air, we’ll help you select a good quality brand and advise you on HVAC features. Chat with us at 941-306-3715.

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